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NEW YORK, NEW YORK (2009) -The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) announced today that the scope of its Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (KDOQI™), recognized throughout the world for providing evidence-based clinical practice guidelines that have transformed the care of patients with kidney disease, will be significantly expanded beginning in 2009.
Under the leadership of Chair Michael Rocco MD, KDOQI will apply the learnings of its 13-year experience with guideline development to improve clinical practice through a broader range of activities including guideline updates and commentaries, targeted research, and advocacy of public policy positions consistent with KDOQI guideline recommendations.
Three new vice chairs have been appointed to lead these efforts: Jeffrey Berns MD, of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, is vice chair of guidelines and commentaries; Holly Kramer MD, of Loyola University School of Medicine, is vice chair for research; and Joseph Nally MD, of the Cleveland Clinic, is vice chair for public policy, and
Michael J. Choi MD, of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, is vice chair for education.
“The National Kidney Foundation is honored to have the support of this distinguished team of experts in our continuing effort to address the growing public health problem of kidney disease,” said John Davis, NKF’s Chief Executive Officer. “We now have the opportunity to improve the implementation of the KDOQI guidelines in more ways than ever before.”
The KDOQI Research committee will review submitted research proposals and select two new KDOQI research grants each fiscal year. The first two awards will be effective on July 1, 2009, and each will provide support at the level of $150,000 per annum, for three years.
Opportunities for the KDOQI Public Policy Committee, include: 1) representing NKF/KDOQI when clinical performance measures are being developed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Kidney Care Quality Alliance, the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement; 2) providing input on the development of the Quality Incentive Program mandated by the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-275); 3) representing NKF/KDOQI on the Kidney Care Partners (KCP) Coalition Quality Committee.
KDOQI’s Guidelines and Commentaries Committee will convene small work groups of U.S.-based experts to review any new guideline published by KDIGO or other guideline development groups. These work groups will develop commentaries to help the US audience understand the applicability and importance of the international guidelines relative to their local clinical environment. These commentaries will be published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases. In addition to organizing commentaries, the committee will actively review a database maintained by KDOQI of major ongoing clinical trials pertinent to the KDOQI guidelines to determine if an existing KDOQI guideline needs updating.
“KDOQI is moving into an exciting new phase of activities. With the publication of the Clinical Practice Guidelines and Clinical Practice Recommendations for Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease in February 2007, KDOQI achieved its primary goal of producing evidence-based guidelines on the twelve aspects of CKD care most likely to improve patient outcomes. We now seek to apply the knowledge acquired in the development and refinement of the KDOQI processes to improve clinical practice through a broader range of activities,” said KDOQI Chair, Dr. Michael Rocco, MD. He continues, “We are looking forward to working with various members of the kidney health care community regarding these new and continuing KDOQI activities.”
The National Kidney Foundation is dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, influencing public policy in support of the kidney community and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation.
KDOQI expands the Dialysis Outcomes Quality Initiative or DOQI, a project begun by the National Kidney Foundation in 1995 and recognized throughout the world for improving the care of dialysis patients. For more information, please visit www.kdoqi.org or call (800) 622-9010.